Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically, which we share with Chickens, Cats, Guinea Pigs and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!
I work as an environmental educator, writer and Forest School leader at Moors Wood . I am a Master Composter and spent 10 years as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council. I offer talks and run workshops and events where we talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. We also make crafts and have fun.
We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun. To learn more about us click on the About Compostwoman tab and remember to click on the photos to make them full size!
Sunday, 31 July 2011
This is the time of the year where we gather in the harvest, of wheat or what ever else we have grown and to give thanks for the ( hopefully) bountiful harvest which the earth has blessed us with.
I also made some corn and lavender favours last night, which I will keep over winter until Imboc ( in early February) I will then burn the favours on the fire and scatter the ashes on the soil where I am going to start the new seasons plantings. So the Wheel of the Year turns around.......
Whatever you harvest today and in the weeks to come I hope you have a fruitful, fulfilled and happy time.
A blessed Lammas day to you all.
Friday, 29 July 2011
We have lived with all this for many years but always wanted to get rid of it as well as improve the internal insulation of the room and also do something about the not great concrete floor ( especially around the edges of the room!)
So in Nov 2010 we started on the huge renovation and building work to insulate the walls, re lay the floor and re build the sitting room.
This involved a LOT of work, including taking up the concrete floor and re laying it with insulation underneath, taking down the fake stone chimney breast and taking out the old and rather useless woodburner.
In early spring Compostman hurt his back in a fairly major way, which put a stop to work for a couple of months as I am not able to do the heavy work needed, either dueto MY bad back etc - this was a bit of a blow as all came to a grinding halt.
BUT we got back to work eventually and then we got a local builder ( he lives 2 fields away from us!) to come and quote to re instate the fireplace opening and move the cider pressing stone into the new opening. Compostman and I could have done this work, but it would have taken us longer AND we both still had bad backs, so we paid someone else to do it.
Then Geoff the plasterer arrived yesterday and in the space of 6 hours turned rough brickwork and damaged plaster into a marble like finish. - amazing to watch him at work.
Filling in all the gaps with render
Final polish - it dried to a pale pink finish!
We are off to get flooring and choose paint tomorrow - Nick the stove fitter is visiting on Monday morning to see what is needed to fit the new Burley woodburner, which is also arriving sometime on Monday.
After being out of our main living room since last Nov (!) I am SO excited that we are near to the end of a very long building and renovation process. I am SO proud of Compostman for all the hard work he has had to do, there is SO much more work I have not mentioned as I have only talked about the floor and stove and fireplace stuff, but he has worked so hard on all the other stuff and it has been a huge load of work for him , especially as he has work, things to do on our smallholding, the wood and all sorts else to do.
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Cg was a delight to be out with - engaged, amusing, charming, interested etc etc and all in all we have had a fab day.
AND while I was out the builders turned up...and we now have a fab new fireplace excavated from the chimney breast....and not much mess. It looks really good and when the plasterer comes on Thurs we can GET ON WITH DECORATING and then we can GET BACK INTO the room
Friday, 8 July 2011
Ludlow Castle in the late after noon murk
Woodstores at Derham House
The house itself.
Lots of lovely rooms in this mansion, all set out as a showroom for Clearview products.
I liked the old kitchen best, this Clearview is 27 years old and still going strong.
Compostgirl went off on a week long Activity Holiday with school and while she was away we had a few days out. One was to Ludlow, where we had lunch, wandered around the town and castle and then went to Dinham House, home and showroom for Clearview Stoves.
We are still